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    Classic Tracks: Charlie Rich 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World'

    Producer: Billy Sherrill • Engineer: Lou Bradley

    1973's 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' was one of the defining moments of the Nashville sound, and was the product of a finely-honed studio recording process.

    People May 2007
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    Mix Rescue: Wild Hope

    'One Step Backwards'

    How much treble is too much? As this month's Mix Rescue discovers, it's easy to overdo things at the recording stage, but not quite so easy to correct them at the mix.

    Techniques May 2007
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    Mix Rescue: Wild Hope | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio files demonstrate some of the mix processing used to create the Wild Hope remix.

    Techniques May 2007
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    Better Bass

    A Guide To Recording, Mixing & Monitoring The Low End

    Bass is the linchpin for so much of today's music, anchoring the other sounds and providing a foundation for the mix as a whole. But at the same time, it can seem maddeningly difficult to pin down and control. Help is at hand...

    Techniques Apr 2007
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    The Walkmen: Recreating Pussy Cats

    Marcata Studios

    You've got four weeks left until your studio closes. How to make best use of that time? The Walkmen's answer was to recreate their favourite album, note for note, in all its drunken and shambolic glory.

    People Apr 2007
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    George & Giles Martin: Remixing The Beatles

    The Making Of Love

    When The Beatles' record company tempted their producer out of retirement for one last project, no-one had any idea how radical the resulting album would be.

    People Mar 2007
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Jam 'The Eton Rifles'

    Producers: The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven • Engineers: Alan Douglas, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

    'The Eton Rifles' captured both Paul Weller's growing talent as a songwriter and the raw power of his band the Jam, and gave the group their first top 10 hit.

    People Mar 2007
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    Mix Rescue: Leaf

    Guitar Pop

    This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

    Techniques Feb 2007
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    Martin Rushent: Producer

    From Punk To Electro

    Martin Rushent managed the rare double feat of working at the artistic cutting edge and having colossal success — until disaster struck.

    People Feb 2007
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    Mix Rescue: Leaf | Audio

    Hear The Differences Yourself

    This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

    Techniques Feb 2007
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    Gnarls Barkley & The Atlanta Sound

    Ben Allen

    Their combination of Southern soul and hip-hop gave Gnarls Barkley one of the biggest hits of the year, thanks in part to the mixing wizardry of Ben Allen.

    People Dec 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Orbital 'Chime'

    Producers: Paul & Phil Hartnoll • Engineers: Tim Hunt, Orbital

    Orbital were renowned for their amazing live shows, and the story of 'Chime', the track that launched their career, shows how they brought their 'live' approach to electronic music to the studio and into the charts.

    People Dec 2006
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    Vocal FX

    Creative Vocal Processing

    Tired of the same old vocal sound? Time to get creative with your plug-ins, FX pedals and anything else you have!

    Techniques Dec 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Future Sound Of London 'Papua New Guinea'

    Producers: Garry Cobain, Brian Dougans • Engineers: Yage

    In 1991 The Future Sound of London brought their unique brand of experimentalism to the dancefloor with the seminal track, 'Papua New Guinea' — and launched their career in the process.

    People Nov 2006
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    Scissor Sisters: Recording Ta-Dah

    Babydaddy • Dan Grech-Marguerat

    The Scissor Sisters' first album, recorded in a Manhattan apartment, sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up, Ta-Dah, sees them expanding their horizons, while keeping their DIY ethos very much intact.

    People Nov 2006
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    Side-chaining In Your Software Studio

    What It Is & When To Use It

    With the powerful automation available in modern DAWs, it is easy to overlook their side-chaining features. But what value does this technique have in the modern project studio?

    Techniques Nov 2006
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    Steve Hodge

    Mixing R&B

    After 17 years mixing almost everything that came out of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios, there's very little Steve Hodge doesn't know about making R&B records work.

    People Nov 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Band 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

    Producers: The Band, John Simon • Engineers: John Simon, Robbie Robertson, Tony May

    The origins of The Band as Bob Dylan's backing group are well known, but with songs like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' they forged their own unique American sound.

    People Oct 2006
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    How To Create Your Own Podcasts

    Sound Workshop

    Podcasting is a powerful new communications medium that could help you get your music out to the masses — and it's accessible to pretty much anyone with a home studio and a broadband Internet connection.

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Derek & The Dominos 'Layla'

    Producers: Tom Dowd • Derek & The Dominos

    Inspired by a Persian classical poet and a certain Mrs Harrison, 'Layla' went on to become Eric Clapton's most enduring hit.

    People Sep 2006
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    Jim Abbiss

    Producing Kasabian & Arctic Monkeys

    Jim Abbiss decided to go back to basics and make records the way he wanted to make them. The result? The fastest-selling debut album in history...

    People Sep 2006

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